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VisualDx upgrade coming March 1, 2011

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The new release of VisualDx will add 2,695 unique medical images with 96 new diagnoses covering the variation in disease.

Content Updates and Additions:
Hair and Scalp Clinical Scenario: This new clinical scenario covers over 75 diagnoses and is illustrated with more than 900 photographs. Use the Hair and Scalp clinical scenario to evaluate patients with non-scarring and scarring alopecias, diseases associated with hair shaft defects, infectious conditions affecting the scalp or hair, and more.

New Features and Enhancements:
VisualDx Mobile for Android: VisualDx Mobile is the fastest way to visually validate a patient’s diagnosis, access next steps for management and patient care, or even develop a differential diagnosis for puzzling presentations. The app for the iPhone is here.

Key Word Enhanced Search: A top priority for the VisualDx team is to continue to improve the speed and accuracy of results provided to our users. With this in mind they have expanded the Look Up a Diagnosis search to include more general key terms they have found users to be entering frequently. Now you can search terms like pink eye, skin cancer, and age spot to get reliable VisualDx results.

AAAS/Science – Now Beta Testing New Online Article Prototype

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

AAAS/Science is seeking direct input from its global online community to help rethink the format and functionality of Science’s online research articles.

AAAS / Science rolled out an initial prototype in the January 28, 2011 issue of Science Magazine which features a variety of new ideas for online article viewing, including:

• Tabbed interface
• Summary material placing the article in context
• Treatment for figures and supporting online data more visually adapted to the text

AAAS/Science invites readers to review the prototype and share their thoughts.

Heart Songs in CardioSource Plus

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The library’s paid subscription to CardioSource Plus for Institutions includes a subscription to Heart Songs for Institutions BUT NOT Heart Songs 3 (or the older edition Heart Songs 2). Heart Songs for Institutions is only accessible by registering for a username and password on the CardioSource Plus for Institutions web site. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) classifies this product as Certified Education (tab on web site), under the eLearning & Products sub-tab.

To use Heart Songs for Institutions, check to make sure “University of Alabama at Birmingham Institutional Access” appears in the left hand corner of the CardioSource Plus for Institutions web page. To register for an account, click the Register link on the top right side of the web site. The site is easy to use and the heart songs can be downloaded and saved to your computer’s desktop.

For those who don’t want to register for an account, the library does offer “Heart Songs” (2009) on CD-ROM. However, this disc is Heart Songs 2 and not the same as Heart Songs for Institutions.

Please note that registering for an account does not give you access to the journals of the ACC. The library has a 2011 subscription to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology through Elsevier’s Science Direct. Access to JCCC is available through the library’s E-Journals web site.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

PubMed Central Access Page

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

PubMed Central recently updated their Access Page making it easier to navigate.  There are now links at the top of the page to information about common questions addressed on the page.  This new feature functions like a FAQs.  They’ve also added a new table to guide users to information using various article ID numbers.

You can view the page here.

CE Credits from Natural Standard

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Natural Standard is now offering continuing education credits for all health care professionals.  The continuing education programs are derived from Natural Standard’s evidence-based systematic reviews on popular herbs and supplements. In each training module, the available scientific evidence of effectiveness is evaluated using the Natural Standard Evidence-based Validated Grading Rationale. The reviews also discuss expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, mechanism of action, interactions, side effects, dosing and toxicology information. Review questions highlight the safety and effectiveness of each therapy.

Natural Standard is impartial; not supported by any interest group, professional organization or product manufacturer.

To view the available continuing education modules, please click here .

Natural Standard provides high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition.

Updates to CLIPP, SIMPLE & fmCASES

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

MedU updated many of their resources this fall.  The CLIPP (Computer-Assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program) editorial staff has reviewed and revised every case and added a new Dermatology case.  To supplement the CLIPP teaching materials a new suite of questions has also been added to supplement case studies.  SIMPLE (Simulated Internal medicine Patient Learning Experience) also reviewed all their existing cases.  This review process will now be carried out annually.  MedU’s newest resource, fmCASES (Family Medicine Computer-Assisted Simulations for Educating Students) has completed its pilot phase.  A bank of 325 exam questions has been developed and they suggest it will be available within the year and new case studies have been added.  Click the following titles to access CLIPP, SIMPLE or fmCASES, or go through the Lister Hill databases page.

Natural Standard’s New Website

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Last week Natural Standard launched their new website.  Changes include a new interface and newly available, accredited CE modules for all subscribers. 

Have a look at

NLM Launches MedlinePlus Connect to link Electronic Health Records to MedlinePlus

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the US’ National Institutes of Health, has announced the launch of MedlinePlus Connect (, a free service that allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus is an up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and healthcare providers. It delivers information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from the National Institutes of Health, other US government agencies and authoritative health information providers.

MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests from EHRs based on diagnoses (problem codes) and medications. NLM has mapped MedlinePlus health topics to two standard diagnostic coding systems used in EHRs. When any EHR submits a request to MedlinePlus Connect, the service returns the closest matching health topic(s) as a response.

MedlinePlus Connect also links any EHR system to drug information written especially for patients. EHR systems can send MedlinePlus Connect a request for a medication code, and the service will return link(s) to the most appropriate drug information. MedlinePlus drug information is the AHFS Consumer Medication Information and is licensed for use on MedlinePlus from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, ASHP, Inc.

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SciVerse Applications

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Elsevier has announced their plan to launch SciVerse Applications.  This new component of the ScienceDirect platform will allow developers to create applications specific to researchers needs.  Users will be able to find or build tools that will aid their own ScienceDirect searches as well as their information management and analysis.  There is also the potential for these applications to be used to increase collaboration.  To learn more about Sciverse Applications watch this video.

New Image Searching from ScienceDirect

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The Elsevier platform ScienceDirect recently introduced image searching to their database.  The image search capability is easy to use and returns relevant, high quality results taken from Elsevier published articles.  Results will include both images from articles Lister Hill does and does not have access to.  To easily determine access, look for the green and grey text icons.  The green icons indicate full text access while the grey icons indicate no access.  Remember you can always request the articles through inter library loan.  To search for images using ScienceDirect use this link: